Finch defends fringe stars

19 July 2021 13:58:15 GMTPlus10

Australia captain Aaron Finch has jumped to the defence of the fringe players who failed to shine during the T20 series defeat against the West Indies.

Australia are priced at 7.00 to win the T20 World Cup later this year and the tour of the Caribbean was the ideal chance for some players to stake a claim for a spot in the side.

Pat Cummins, Glenn Maxwell, David Warner, Steve Smith, Marcus Stoinis, Jhye Richardson and Kane Richardson all missed the tour with the likes of Ashton Turner, Alex Carey, Josh Philippe and Ben McDermott stepping in.

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However Turner had the best average out of them, managing just 15, as the whole Australian batting order struggled in St Lucia.

And Finch refused to be critical of Turner and co, saying more could have been done by the players above them in the order.

"There's some guys in there with not a huge amount of International experience, so when you are trying to stamp your authority on a game while you are still finding your feet in international cricket, it can be tough at times," Finch said. "I'm not too critical of them to be honest.

"There's a bit more experience in the top of the order and we probably didn't give them the best platform enough."

Meanwhile fast bowler AJ Tye believes the youngsters deserved their chance on the international stage and has backed them to learn from the experience.

"You look at the performances we've had out of Big Bash, players have deserved their (international) spots," Tye added.

"Some of the young guys need a bit of time to get used to international cricket and find their feet and get the confidence they have in the Big Bash."

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